Breastfeeding is Good for Baby

New parents have many decisions to make. Car seats, child care, and changes to the house are just some of them. A big decision is how they plan to feed the baby – breastmilk or formula.

Why should the choice be breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is good for mom. And breast milk is the perfect food for baby. It is easier to digest. Breastfed babies get sick less often.

Also breastfed babies have:

  • Fewer infections
  • Less tooth decay
  • Fewer allergy problems
  • Fewer earaches
  • Less weight problems

Did you know that a newborn baby's stomach is only about the size of a walnut? That’s why it is normal for a newborn to feed often (every 1.5 to 3 hours). Many new moms need to know that their infant’s feeding schedule is the same as other breastfed infants.

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program supports families with young children and gives them access to food. Call 1-800-942-1171 to see if you qualify and to find a site near you. WIC staff are trained to help moms with breastfeeding questions and offer needed support.

Many more families are choosing to breastfeed their baby – about 80%. But that number drops by 3 months. Breast milk is the only thing baby needs for the first 6 months. Your breast milk changes over time to meet your baby's needs. Let’s find ways to make it easier for moms to nurse their babies for the length of time they want.

Source: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/wic_outreach_breastfeeding_index.aspx

Check out these local and national resources to help you on your breastfeeding journey:

A new breastfeeding coalition has started for the counties of Butler, Polk, Seward, and York. Next meeting is September 20th, in Utica, at 4PM. Watch Four Corners website for location details. Join in to help families have the support they need to breastfeed their babies.

Learn more ways to live a healthy life. Call Four Corners Health Department at 877-337-3573. Visit our website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov . Send email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov .